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Michele Chiarlo 2006

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Michele Chiarlo makes a wide range of wines from some of the very best sites in Piedmont, but his base is in Calamadrana. The superb elegance and richness of this wine places it among the finest wines in Chiarlo’s portfolio. This Barbera has a wonderful luscious nose of cedar, cherries and chocolate. It has a complex yet fresh palate and fine, long finish. An excellent and very complete wine. Serve it will red meats, game or mature cheese.

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Michele Chiarlo:
Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of provenance, as well as their terroir, but in which the hints of wood are never underscored; that they be rich, highly elegant and never nauseous wines. The wine brings with it a precious baggage of qualitative features, which derive from the grape variety and the terroir of provenance: we are fu... Read more
Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of provenance, as well as their terroir, but in which the hints of wood are never underscored; that they be rich, highly elegant and never nauseous wines. The wine brings with it a precious baggage of qualitative features, which derive from the grape variety and the terroir of provenance: we are fully committed to ensuring that all said characteristics remain integral and do not diminish or undergo modifications, thus we limit our actions to those strictly necessary, using delicate procedures, aware that every clarification, filtration or other intervention subtracts a part of the wine's qualitative characteristics. Pressing is carried out by means of soft presses so as not to tear the skins; fermentation comes about exclusively at controlled temperatures programmed for each wine, so as to preserve the precious perfumes and original flavours; the extraction of the anthocyans and polyphenols from black grapes is done by means of a very delicate system involving automatic rotary sprinklers that shower must onto the skins. As for our white wines, among the most innovative actions, we would mention the one adopted for Gavi: cold maceratyion of a part of the cortese grapes before pressing, so as to favour a more marked and delicate extraction of their perfumes. As regards red wines, of great importance for us is the choice of wood, capacity and age of the barrels used, all of which in French oak. We use oak tuns for the fermentation of our highly prized reds and barrels of different sizes for their refinement. For instance: 225-litre barrels for Montemareto and in part for La Court Barbera d'Asti (of which 50% is instead refined in fermentation tuns); 700-litre barrels for the Barolo and Barbaresco crus; 5000-litre barrels for Barbera d'Asti Cipressi della Court, Le Orme, classic Barolo and Barbaresco. All our top-rank reds (Barolo, Barbaresco and relative crus, Barbera d'Asti La Court , Montemareto) are bottled without having previously undergone filtration, so as to maintain integral both their original wealth of bouquet and taste. The “long-life” reds undergo lengthy and adequate refinement in the bottle, away from the light, at a constant temperature of 14- 16°C so as to enable them slowly to develop heady fragrances and to deliciously harmonise their flavours. It is precisely in this stage that the greatness of a wine comes to the fore: thus we delay putting our crus of red wines on sale until after the deadline foreseen by the individual Production Regulations, so that they may arrive on the wine-lover's table ready to be appreciated to the utmost. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Michele Chiarlo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,906
1.50 5
08/31/2010

Cooked fruit, chocolate, here we get some tootsie roll, lots of sickly sweet fruit here with marshmallow tones and some cola, rich, fruity, nice extracty raspberry fruit, wood tannin on finish is dry and raw,


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,906
0.50 5
10/30/2010

Candied, seeds, terrible nose, oaky water, sweet entry, shallow, flaccid, bitter tannins, a mess. (<70pts)


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,906
3.00 5
05/22/2009

AWE blind tasting - a bit jammy on the nose with lots of cola character, sweet woodiness, root beer, biter herbs, jammy root beer, cool and seamless if monolithic with prominent tannins backing nice bitter cherry fruit, uncomplicated if impressively structured, nice fruit fights to get out on the backend, finishes fairly strong with really nice fruit but bit short, 85-86


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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549169,534
3.50 5
09/25/2011

The nose showed dark red fruits with sweet spice and the slightest hint of barnyard. On the palate, I found a mix of red and black berries on a medium to full bodied wine with zesty acidity keeping it real. The fruit turned sour and saturating on the finish as this wine showed it’s intense concentration of fruit.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549169,534
3.00 5
02/23/2011

The nose showed red berries, cedar and spice. On the palate, I found rich red fruits but it shut down hard as tannin coated the palate. This wine needs time to show its true colors.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549169,534
3.00 5
02/23/2011

The nose was perfumed with floral and spice notes, red berries and hints of barnyard. On the palate, it was tight with focused red fruits and faded cinnamon. The finish was tannic but still pleasant, showing red berries.


Snooth User: atonalprime
1577901,412
3.00 5
08/10/2009

A well-balanced, medium bodied wine that was drinkable right out of the bottle, long finish of cherries and the palatte has notes of berries and other fruits, perhaps a raspberry-rose perfume as well. After decanting, the 2nd day was alright, the 3rd day was drinkable, just not as vibrant. I do feel that other vintages have been much more exciting.


Snooth User: Nathan P
261632886
2.50 5
09/29/2009

Light, watery feel, subtle flavors. A great bargain at my local supermarket (Hy-Vee).


Snooth User: Cheese and Grapes
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3.00 5
08/22/2009

Very light and smooth.


Snooth User: Coastalcorks
238122234
3.00 5
01/27/2010

A fair mix of fruit, fragrant and light. Easy to drink on its own though it did go well with a caramelized onion torte.


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External Reviews for Michele Chiarlo

External Review
01/15/2010

Wine Enthusiast Magazine selected this wine as #7 on their Top 100 Wines of 2009. 2006 was another in a string of 3 excellent vintages for Barbaresco and this rich Nebbiolo from Michele Chiarlo shows true to form. Italian Editor, Monica Larner scored it 93 points saying “Here’s a wine that holds its own in a ranking of top Nebbiolos. There’s depth and great promise of fruit here, which is wrapped within folds of vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and dusty mineral. The mouthfeel is plush and velvety and the wine ends with tart but succulent tannins. It will drink beautifully for five-plus years.” Very Limited! This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.


External Review
04/21/2010

Granat-rubin, aufgehellter Rand. Zartblumiges Bouquet, begleitet von einer köstlichen roten Frucht, Pflaumen, dezente Toastingnoten, Milchschokolade. Von viel Eleganz geprägtes Gaumenbild, rote Kirschen und Preiselbeeren, ausgewogene Mitte, geröstete Mandeln, gute Tanninstruktur, harmonischer Körper, lang.


External Review
10/24/2011

Ripe cherry and plum flavors, with hints of raisin and licorice, highlight this Barolo. At its core is sweet fruit, with refined tannins and freshness for support. Fine balance and harmony make this approachable now with decanting. Best from 2012 through 2024. -BS


External Review
10/24/2011

A highly extracted, intense Barbera, this wine brims with ripe, jammy flavors of black plum and wild cherry and aromas of violets, spice and new oak wrapped in a velvety texture underscored by firm tannins. - Winery


External Review
12/20/2009

A Barbera wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2006 Chiarlo, Michele Barbera d'Asti la Court Nizza 750ml


External Review
05/20/2011

WS: 90 Points


External Review
11/25/2009

Michele Chiarlo Barbara d'Asti La Court 2006 750ML


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Michele Chiarlo makes a wide range of wines from some of the very best sites in Piedmont, but his base is in Calamadrana. The superb elegance and richness of this wine places it among the finest wines in Chiarlo’s portfolio. This Barbera has a wonderful luscious nose of cedar, cherries and chocolate. It has a complex yet fresh palate and fine, long finish. An excellent and very complete wine. Serve it will red meats, game or mature cheese.

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